CLOISTERED

Last night we Californians got word that the whole state is in “lockdown”– allowed to leave our homes only for “essential” activities: food, supplies, medicine, doctor, work. All “non-essential” businesses ordered closed. I must say I am peculiarly well-formed for the cloister and in fact have lived like this for months at a time over […]

THE SRIRACHA SAUCE EMPIRE

Sriracha

Here’s how this week’s arts and culture column begins: Sriracha sauce is a crown jewel of Southern California foodie culture. You’ve seen the plastic bottles. They’re filled with bright red sauce, emblazoned with a rooster, stamped with text in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese, and topped by a green squirt cap. For many, this blazing […]

REMEMBERING LA LEGEND JONATHAN GOLD

JONATHAN GOLD

Jonathan Gold, the city’s beloved Pulitzer-Prize winning food writer, died on July 21. The cause was pancreatic cancer that had been diagnosed only weeks before. Gold, 57, was most recently the restaurant critic for the “Los Angeles Times.” But he was way more than a food critic. He was an LA treasure: erudite, articulate, eccentric, […]

SOCIETY NEWS: MY BOOK PARTY

FAMISHED BY HEATHER KING

Yesterday I visited Rancho Mirage‘s Sunnylands: the Gardens [pix to follow], Visitor Center and Estate of the late billionaire power philanthropist couple Walter and Leonore (Lee to her friends) Annenberg. The Annenbergs were globally known super-hosts and I had many thoughts as we were led through the Hollywood Regency-decorated, golf-course surrounded, cotton-candy pink and mint […]

MY NEW BOOK: FAMISHED, A FOOD MEMOIR

LET’S EAT! We dream about food, plan around food, fetishize food. We have books about cooking food. We have books about growing food. We have books about nutrition, local sourcing, and becoming a celebrity chef. We have Michael Pollan earnestly giving us food rules. But we have few books about the spiritual dimension of food […]

THE MESSENGER: A SONGBIRD DOCUMENTARY

THE MESSENGER

“The Messenger” is a 2015 documentary directed and written by Sy Rynard. The press kit’s synopsis: “The Messenger” is a visually thrilling ode to the beauty and importance of the imperiled songbird, and what it will mean to all of us on both a global and human level if we lose them.” This, in other […]